Etienvre Coupe oz9566


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Submitted to Outerzone: 12/12/2017
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About this Plan

Etienvre 1954 Coupe D'Hiver - Rubber contest model.

Quote: "Michel Etienvre's Coupe d'Hiver from 1954. Ici une Belle Coupe d'Hiver Ancienne pour Vous, by David Beales and friends.

The French Coupe d'Hiver class had its beginning in the winter of 1938. The rules were simple, 70gram airframe, 10gram motor (a soon to be abandoned cross section rule was initially used). The class was flown up to and through the War when limited amounts of wood, tissue and rubber made aeromodelling just about possible, although it was probably encouraged by the occupying forces to help keep young chaps out of mischief.

Peace brought new enthusiasm, designs improved apace, then by the 1950s Coupes had become pretty potent aircraft. It's easy to imagine your typical young Gallic modeller, Juliette Greco on the radio, a picture of Bardot both on the wall and in his heart, together with dreams of a 750 Renault to get him to the flying field. There he is beavering away on his new masterpiece, little realising that in 60 years time it will be rediscovered and re-flown.

By the 1960s Coupe d'Hiver was gaining popularity in Britain, boosted in 1972 when the class was recognised internationally as F1G. AeroModeller magazine topped this in 1975 when the first AeroModeller Trophy contest was flown at RAF Halton. The distinctive trophy is still contested for at the annual Croydon club's Coupe Europa event which will celebrate its 40th birthday this year. Some of the 1940s and '50s plans now turning up are quite eccentric, but the Michel Etienvre design is simple, straightforward and extremely effective. It is not strictly a beginner's model but with care anyone should be able to complete and fly one.

Experienced modellers will only need to study the plan and then start building, but should this be one of your first ventures into stick and tissue construction, the following notes and pictures should help.

Wood. Choose this carefully; use straight grain balsa with an extra firm piece of 3/16 square for the mainspar. Should your local model shop not have suitable wood available try Balsa Cabin or Flitehook; both advertise in this magazine and specialise in supplying good balsa to the serious modeller.

Tools. Sorry if this sounds obvious but you will need a decent scalpel, tapered pliers, wire cutters, a sanding block, some pins and a cutting mat.

Glue. On our model we used thin cyano. To get a strong joint one can just put the wood to be jointed together and add a drop to the top. We suggest that if you haven't already tried this method you cut a few bits of scrap and experiment until proficient. Should you prefer, balsa cement is fine, but building will take a little longer..."

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-F30050.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 25/05/2018: added article from Aeromodeller September 2015, thanks to RFJ.

Update 09/07/2018: Replaced this planfile with DBHL-7466. This seems to be exactly the same plan, except that it includes some text missing (at bottom right) from the previous version, ref F30050. More text details re power, strands, tension, also the credit: "Drawn by EB August 2004".

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-7466.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary files

Previous scan version (ref DBHL-F30050).


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oz9566 datafile

Etienvre Coupe  
by Michel Etienvre
39in span
Tags: Rubber F/F
all formers complete :)
got article :)


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